So this olelongrooffan would suspect that many of my fellow Hoons are wondering just what the hell this Weekend of Weird Ass Crap is and how it came about. Well, usually the esteemed Mr. Brennan keeps we contributors to all things Hoon apprised as to what wonderful things he as planned for the upcoming weekend. Well, this week and weekend he was suspiciously silent and anyway about midday on Saturday we realized UDMan was AWOL and Resident Funny Man Emslie said “WTF, let’s hijack this weekend and Have A Weird Ass Crap Weekend.” And the fun was condoned by the Hooniverse Overlords and fun has ensued thus far between said Funny Man, our Finnish Hoon and this olelongrooffan, although I am confident others will join the festivities. It is interesting because for the longest time I have been trying to determine a way to introduce Geoff Hacker and his Forgotten Fiberglass fascination to my fellow Hoons and I would suspect this is as good as time as any.
Geoff Hacker, as well as one of his cohorts, Rick D’Louhy (who incidentally is the major promoter of the Daytona Dream Cruise my fellow Hoons have read about based on some of this olelongrooffan’s visits to that great event here in the World Center of Racing) have been chasing Forgotten Fiberglass around this country, and beyond, for years.
Now for those who aren’t aware of this phenomenon, after WWII, the interest in sports cars in the US took off, mainly based on the exposure to US GI’s over in Europe who saw the sporty cars that were offered to the general public versus the land barges available here in the states, prewar WWII.
After those dudes returned, the market for automobiles was forever changed, especially as it related to more unique automobiles. With the introduction of war based materials, especially light weight fiberglass, pretty much every Hoon who had any sense of craftsmanship was constructing his own version of his light weight sports car, regardless of its underpinnings.
And that defines Geoff Hacker’s goal. To find as many of these one offs, although there were in fact many built in limited numbers by some more affluent individuals, that were constructed by one of my fellow Hoons grandpap in his back yard. I totally would suspect there is one in Mad_Science’s hereditary lineage, probably financed by our Chief Blooger’s old maid great aunt.
But in all seriousness, yeah right, this is a Holy Grail for Geoff and he is well known in many established circles. See that Kurtis Omohundro in the above image? Jay Leno interviewed Geoff about it after Geoff Hacker was successful in gaining entry to the Pebble Beach Concours with it in the past couple years. And as far as the lines on that Norman Tibbs beauty in the first image? Now my fellow Hoons, I don’t care what you say, for mid 1950’s styling, it doesn’t get any better than that one off creation. And no damn styling team designed that one. That was one man’s vision and like it or not, it screams, Look At Me.
Now, these weren’t sports cars as defined by a Jaguar Xk120 or a Morris Garages TCD but by larger American terms in that there was a full frame and a lightweight body. I mean, just take a look at that creation in the above image and tell me it doesn’t look hot. Well, maybe squashed Cadillac hot but this is something some dude thought up and built. What can be more Hooniworthy of respect than this?
Well, I’ve stumped all I can for these works of creation. Check out Geoff’s Forgotten Fiberglass by clicking on that highlight and then move on to Hemming’s links to all that is Forgotten but now recognized.
Hope this little bit of Weird Ass Crap has hooked some of my fellow Hoons up with something you have not previously been aware of existing.
Don’t worry though, Big Jim 1 will be kicking all of us out of his Weekend Edition House come real soon.
Images Courtesy of Hemmings Blog.